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The Glitter Trail is the most fabulously gay bus tour ever to hit the roads of South Africa.

The 9 day long journey will take you through the most exciting parts of South Africa – exploring Urban Johannesburg and its’ LGBTQ+ heritage and gay night life, heading South West towards Cape Town with stops in some of South Africa’s most delightfully charming towns and villages.
 
The adventure will include amazing culinary experiences, wine tastings, ziplining, fabulous gay parties, ostriches, arts & crafts and so much more of South Africa's hidden treasures.
 
All of this happens on the Glitter Trail Bus. A luxury bus kitted out with ‘pink-paraphernalia’, a glitter ball, bottomless Bubbles for everyone, every day; and fun and games on the bus hosted by one of South Africa’s most famous Drag Characters.
 
It promises to be a hoot with crazy fun along the entire journey.

The Glitter Trail is the most fabulously gay bus tour ever to hit the roads of South Africa.

The 9 day long journey will take you through the most exciting parts of South Africa – exploring Urban Johannesburg and its’ LGBTQ+ heritage and gay night life, heading South West towards Cape Town with stops in some of South Africa’s most delightfully charming towns and villages.
 
The adventure will include amazing culinary experiences, wine tastings, ziplining, fabulous gay parties, ostriches, arts & crafts and so much more of South Africa's hidden treasures.
 
All of this happens on the Glitter Trail Bus. A luxury bus kitted out with ‘pink-paraphernalia’, a glitter ball, bottomless Bubbles for everyone, every day; and fun and games on the bus hosted by one of South Africa’s most famous Drag Characters.
 
It promises to be a hoot with crazy fun along the entire journey.

Itineraries

Day 0

Before the Tour

We recommend that you arrive in South Africa a few days before the Glitter Trail begins and experience an African Safari.

Day 1

Johannesburg

At the scheduled time, we will all meet at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg for a welcome cocktail and to meet your fabulously crazy team who will accompany you on the road trip and give you the ins and outs of what’s to come.

Our first adventure is a short ride (with a glass of bubbles, of course) on the Glitter Bus to the starting point of a specially created LGBTQ+ Heritage Tour of Johannesburg. The tour will take us to a few of Jozi’s greatest coffee and booze spots, setting the tone for the week ahead.

Dinner will be at one of Melrose Arch’s famous restaurants, where we will have a chance to get to know each other before the exciting road trip departs for Cape Town.

[Meals: dinner]

Day 2

Bloemfontein

After breakfast and check out, we will begin the 5 hour road trip to Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Free State Province and the Judicial Capital of South Africa. Along the way, our hosts will keep you entertained with Glitter Bus Games and offer your loads of bubbles.

On arrival in Bloem, we will head straight (or is that gay-ly forward?) to the famous Rose Garden, where we will enjoy a delicious picnic and a game of Lawn Croquet & Boule. It promises to be a delightfully gay afternoon in the centre of South Africa.

After some time to explore the beautiful city of flowers, dinner will be at the decadent Seisoen. The owners of Seisoen, married gay couple Maritsa & Maradine Whitehorn, were finalists in South Africa’s My Kitchen Rules Competition in 2018.

[Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner]

Day 3

Klein Karoo

An early morning departure from Bloem as we begin the journey to Nieu-Bethesda.

The quaint village of Nieu-Bethesda is in the Great Karoo, famous for its Angora goats and Karoo lamb.

There are craft shops and galleries, potteries and sculpture gardens – most famously, the late Helen Martin’s extraordinary “Owl House”.

A short ride will take us to our stop over for the night, Graaff-Reinet.
This wonderful town is truly in the heart of the Great Karoo (or “Place of Thirst”). It is a boundless and mysterious place where broad plains roll away to distance koppies and mountains that seem to touch the indigo sky.

The town is an eccentric little hamlet filled with a rich history, superb art and culture, world-class restaurants and a night sky that dazzles with countless stars and galaxies.

Dinner will be at the amazing, gay-owned, The Yard.

[Meals: breakfast & dinner]

Day 4

Plettenberg Bay

After a last minute exploration of Graaff-Reinet, the Glitter Trail continues south to the Indian Ocean town of Plettenberg Bay.

Plett, as it is known as by South Africans, is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly towns in the country, with loads of activities, seafood to die for and the best sunrise you will ever see.

[Meals: breakfast]

Day 5

Plettenberg Bay

After breakfast, we will explore the region. It will be a day filled with adventure (jet-skiing or a canyon adventure for those who are brave enough), wine-tasting (Plett is famous for its bubbles) and a wildlife experience at the Elephant Sanctuary and Monkeyland.

[Meals: breakfast]

Day 6

Oudtshoorn

In the morning, we will load up the bus and begin the journey to Oudtshoorn with some amazing stops along the way.

The first stop: an adventure for the brave – the Knysna Zipline! An adrenaline-filled experience that will have us gliding over the treetops of the Knysna forests, giving spectacular views of the area. The cables crisscross of the gorge with heights up to 200m. An epic adventure awaits!

Once we are done flying above the trees, we will continue on to Oudtshoorn with the second stop at Redberry Farm – a strawberry farm with the biggest maze in the Southern Hemisphere. We will treat you to a taste of Strawberry Lips – a pink drink with a kick.

And then on to Oudtshoorn, a lovely town in the Klein Karoo, nestled between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. You cannot visit Oudtshoorn without visiting a famous ostrich farm! We still stop at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm for an informative and delightful tour of the farm, finishing up with a delicious dinner at the famous Pepper Tree Restaurant.

[Meals: breakfast & dinner]

Day 7

Montagu

Today we will be spending some time on the bus as we pass through cute little towns along the famous Route 62 (remember, there is bottomless bubbles available on the bus).

The first stop will be in Calitzdorp, then on to the gay-village of Barrydale (a large part of the population of Barrydale are from the LGBTQ+ community). Here we will taste local craft beer, explore the galleries and divine coffee shops and arts and craft stores.

Our last stop, not too far from Barrydale is Montagu. A little town famous for its’ fruits and dried fruit production. Wandering the streets of the town, buying trinkets and preserves is a wonderful experience.

[Meals: breakfast]

Day 8

Winelands

Today, the second last day, we head to the wine capital of South Africa – Franschhoek & Stellenbosch. Truly one of the most beautiful regions in the country, surrounded by vineyards and mountains.

We will enjoy wine tastings along the way before embarking on a fun bicycle ride through the vineyards.

Dinner will be at a restaurant of your choice on the famous Dorp Street in Stellenbosch.

[Meals: breakfast]

Day 9

Cape Town

Our last day will be in Cape Town. After the 90 minute drive, we will head directly to Table Mountain and up the cable car – without doubt the best way to experience Cape Town for the first time.

There will be time to explore the city before we head out for a night on the town. Dinner will be at Beefcakes – South Africa’s famous Drag Queen Spot where you will be served by the sexiest men in Cape Town and entertained by the best drag queens. Afterwards, the night is yours to explore the gay-village, as we say good-bye to our Glitter Trail Team.

[Meals: breakfast & dinner]

Day X

After the Tour

The Glitter Trail Bus Tour officially ends, but we encourage you to spend a few more days in Cape Town before you leave. There is so much to do and we will happily help put an itinerary together for you.

[Meals: breakfast]

The package includes:

  • Transport on a luxury bus from Johannesburg to Cape Town, as indicated in the itinerary
  • 9 nights’ accommodation at 4 / 5 star establishments along the route; on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Private tour leader and drag artist for the entire tour
  • Bottomless Method Cap Clasique (MCC bubbles) on the bus each day
  • Water & Snacks on the bus each day
  • Games & Activities on the bus
  • Meals as follows:
    • Breakfast daily
    • 1 x lunch
    • 5 x dinners
  • Urban Jozi LGBTQ+ Heritage Tour
  • Picnic & Croquet in Bloemfontein
  • Entrance to Owl House & Helen Martins Museum in Nieu-Bethesda
  • 2 x Wine-tastings in Plettenberg Bay
  • Ziplining in Knysna
  • Visit to the Redberry Farm
  • Tour at Highgate Ostrich Farm, with dinner at Pepper Tree
  • Beer tasting in Barrydale
  • 2 x Wine-tastings in Franschhoek
  • Bicycle Tour in Franschhoek
  • Return Cable Car tickets at Table Mountain
  • Dinner & Show at Beefcakes

The package does not include:

  • Experiences before and after the Glitter Trail Bus Tour
  • International flights, arriving in Johannesburg & departing from Cape Town
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Excursion and activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips / Gratuities for Glitter Trail team and at restaurants
  • Meals not mentioned in the package
  • Drinks, except the bottomless bubbles on the bus
  • Covid-19 and PCR testing, if applicable
  • Pricing Name
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    Group (Min-Max)
    Pricing
     
  • Pricing Name Per Person Sharing
    Start Monday August 8, 2022
    End Monday August 8, 2022
    20Pax - No size limit
     

    Adult ( 20 Pax - No size limit. ) R40,850.00 R0.00 /Person

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  • Pricing Name Price Per Person Single
    Start Monday August 8, 2022
    End Monday August 8, 2022
    1Pax - No size limit
     

    Adult ( 1 Pax - No size limit. ) R47,450.00 R0.00 /Person

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